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Jimmy Smits

Actor, Producer
Born July 9, 1955 (69 years)
Jimmy Smits is an American actor. Smits is perhaps best known for his roles as attorney Victor Sifuentes on the 1980s legal drama L.A. Law, as NYPD Detective Bobby Simone on the 1990s police drama NYPD Blue, and as U.S. Congressman Matt Santos on The West Wing. He is also notable for his portrayal of Bail Organa in the Star Wars franchise, and Miguel Prado in Dexter.

Beginning in 1986, Smits played Victor Sifuentes in the first five seasons of the NBC television Steven Bochco legal drama L.A. Law, for which he was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, winning in 1990. In 1999, Smits received the HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA).

He appeared in films including Switch (1991), My Family (1995), The Jane Austen Book Club (2007).

Smits appeared as Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), in which the character becomes Princess Leia's adoptive father. He reappeared as Bail Organa in the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008) and the spinoff movie Rogue One (2016). He later reprised the role for Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022).

Smits played the role of Congressman Matt Santos of Houston, Texas, in the final two seasons of the NBC television drama The West Wing.

In Dexter season 3, he played the role of Miguel Prado, an assistant district attorney who befriends the title character. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for the role.

He portrayed the character Alex Vega in the CBS TV series Cane, which aired from September 25, 2007, to December 18, 2007, and was subsequently canceled by the network due to the 2007 Screen Writer's Guild strike.

In the fall of 2010, he starred in NBC's short-lived series Outlaw, about a U.S. Supreme Court justice who leaves the bench to return to practicing law. From 2012 to 2014, he joined the main cast of Sons of Anarchy as Nero Padilla. He also portrayed Elijah Strait in the short-lived NBC drama series Bluff City Law.

He starred in The Get Down, a musical drama television series which debuted in 2016 on Netflix. In 2021, He played Kevin Rosario in the musical film In the Heights.

He stars as Chief John Suarez on the CBS police drama East New York.
Movies & Shows on Plex
  • Pee-wee's Playhouse
  • The Last Word
  • El rey del futbol
Known For
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • Dexter
  • The Tommyknockers
  • NYPD Blue
  • In the Heights
  • Switch
  • The Jane Austen Book Club
  • The Million Dollar Hotel
  • Mother and Child
  • The Get Down
  • My Family/Mi familia
  • Bless the Child
  • Bluff City Law
  • 24: Legacy
  • L.A. Law
  • Running Scared
  • Price of Glory
  • The Believers
  • Outlaw
  • Old Gringo
  • Gross Misconduct
  • Fires Within
  • East New York

Filmography

2022
East New York (TV Series) · as Chief John Suarez
2022
Andor: A Disney+ Day Special Look · as Bail Organa (archive Footage) (uncredited)
2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi (TV Series) · as Senator Bail Organa
2021
In the Heights · as Kevin Rosario
2020
The Tax Collector · as The Wizard
2019
Bluff City Law (TV Series) · as Elijah Strait
2017
Who We Are Now · as Carl
2016
24: Legacy (TV Series) · as Senator John Donovan
2016
2016
The Get Down (TV Series) · as Francisco 'papa Fuerte' Cruz
2016
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TV Series) · as Dr. Fauci
2014
How to Get Away with Murder (TV Series) · as Isaac Roa
2013
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV Series) · as Victor Santiago
2010
Outlaw (TV Series) · as Cyrus Garza
2009
Mother and Child · as Paco
2009
Latin Music USA (TV Series) · as Narrator
2009
Backyard · as Mickey Santos
2008
Sons of Anarchy (TV Series) · as Nero Padilla
2008
Roberto Clemente · as Narrator
2007
2007
Cane (TV Series) · as Alex Vega
2006
Dexter (TV Series) · as Ada Miguel Prado
2005
2005
Lackawanna Blues · as Ruben Santiago Sr.
2002
2000
2000
Bless the Child · as Agent John Travis
2000
Price of Glory · as Arturo Ortega
2000
2000
1999
The West Wing (TV Series) · as Matthew Santos
1997
Murder in Mind · as Peter Walker
1997
Lesser Prophets · as Mike
1997
1996
Marshal Law · as Jack Coleman
1995
The Last Word · as Actor (martin)
1995
1995
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series) · as Prince Felipe (voice)
1995
Solomon & Sheba · as King Solomon
1994
The Cisco Kid · as Cisco Kid
1993
NYPD Blue (TV Series) · as Bobby Simone
1993
Gross Misconduct · as Justin Thorne
1993
The Tommyknockers (TV Series) · as Jim 'gard' Gardner
1992
1992
The Broken Cord · as David Norwell
1991
Fires Within · as Nestor
1991
Switch · as Walter Stone
1990
Cop Rock (TV Series)
1990
Vital Signs · as Dr. David Redding
1989
Old Gringo · as Gen. Tomas Arroyo
1988
Mickey's 60th Birthday · as Victor Sifuentes
1988
Glitz · as Vincent Marra
1987
Stamp of a Killer · as Richard Braden
1987
The Highwayman (TV Series) · as Bo Ziker
1987
The Believers · as Tom Lopez
1986
El rey del futbol · as Stars Team Member
1986
L.A. Law (TV Series) · as Victor Sifuentes
1986
Pee-wee's Playhouse (TV Series) · as Johnny Wilson
1986
Running Scared · as Julio Gonzales
1986
Rockabye · as 2nd Policeman
1985
Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
1984
Miami Vice: Brother's Keeper · as Eddie Rivera
1984
Miami Vice (TV Series) · as Eddie Rivera
1975
Ryan's Hope (TV Series) · as Jimmy
1970
All My Children (TV Series) · as Quon

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